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'''John Milton''' (9 December 16088 November 1674) was an English poet, polemicist, and man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. He wrote at a time of religious flux and political upheaval, and is best known for his epic poetry|epic poem ''Paradise Lost'' (1667), written in blank verse. Milton's poetry and prose reflect deep personal convictions, a passion for freedom and self-determination, and the urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. Writing in English, Latin, Greek, and Italian, he achieved international renown within his lifetime, and his celebrated ''Areopagitica'' (1644)—written in condemnation of pre-publication censorship—is among history's most influential and impassioned defences of free speech and freedom of the press. William Hayley's 1796 biography called him the "greatest English author",McCalman 2001 p. 605....
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1608|12|9}}
Birth placeBread Street, Cheapside, London, England
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1674|11|8|1608|12|9}}
Death placeBunhill, London, England
Resting placeSt Giles-without-Cripplegate
OccupationPoet, prose polemicist, civil servant
LanguageEnglish language|English, Latin language|Latin, French language|French, German language|German, Greek language|Greek, Hebrew language|Hebrew, Italian language|Italian, Spanish language|Spanish, Aramaic language|Aramaic, Syriac language|Syriac
Alma materChrist's College, Cambridge
Notableworks| signature = John Milton signature.svg
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